Hello world: This is me

April 20th, 2020

A whole year late with this blog, I was so excited to start sharing my experiences that I forgot to tell you about myself. So here we are, one month later, and this is me:

My name is Nadia, most people call me Nads. I’m in my late 20’s and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. One of my most vivid childhood memories is from first grade when we had to tell our classmates what we want to be when we grow up and, of course, dress the part. It was 1999 and despite our limited mindsets at the time, I still had serious trouble choosing just one. I ended up going as a gymnast because I was named after Nadia ComΔƒneci, the famous Romanian gymnast. Aside from challenging boys in doing the splits, I haven’t done gymnastics a day in my life!

My adult journey started when I got my first job in Marketing and PR in the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg, South Africa. I loved my job. I loved the city. I even loved my boss! But after three years in an office I had ants in my pants – I needed an adventure! At the age of 25, I have never once traveled abroad, so I decided that that’s what I must do. I applied for a job as an Au Pair and moved to Seattle, USA.

Seattle was as good as a trip to the theme park. I went through all the motions: a new job, a new “family”, culture shock, financial struggle and nine months of rain. I also made some life long friends, developed an intense love for hiking and the outdoors and learned how to be strong on my own. I. Grew. Up.

As my year in the States drew to a close, again I started to itch. I was still longing for something bigger, something more challenging. I then applied for a job as a flight attendant, moved to the Middle East and that’s where I am today.

For a small-town girl from South Africa, having visited over 25 countries (and counting) worldwide and lived abroad in two cities from opposite ends of the spectrum (Seattle and Doha), I think I can say that I’ve come a long way.

I’m thankful for all the roads that lead me here and, thrill seeker that I’ve become, I love not knowing where it’s going to take me!

Let’s connect on Instagram while we all #stayhome and #staysafe https://www.instagram.com/forevernadsabroad/

20 thoughts on “Hello world: This is me

  1. Glad to have gotten to know you better! It’s wonderful that you’ve had the opportunity to live in different corners of the world. Also happy to have started following your journey early on– I have no doubt you’ll make it big with your blog very soon! Can’t wait to hear of more adventures from you soon. πŸ™‚

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  2. What a beautiful journey! Immersing yourself in another culture adds so much richness to one’s life experiences! Can definitely relate to the culture shock after moving from Kenya to Canada! But I’m all settled now and consider Kenya and Canada to be my 2 homes! Thanks for sharing your experiences (and for taking the time to visit my blog). I look forward to following your blog. Stay safe!

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    1. Thanks so much for the follow! I can imagine Canada and Kenya to be very different – how lovely that you now have two homes! Do you visit Kenya often? I’ve been to Mombasa and the ocean views are just dreamy!

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      1. Thanks! I used to visit Kenya almost every year when I first moved to Canada many years ago. It became more logistically difficult once I had kids. But fortunately we were able to take them to Kenya for the first time in 2017. They absolutely loved it and wanted to live there forever! πŸ˜‰ So lovely that you got to visit Mombasa! I have so many pleasant childhood memories going there on vacation and also for my honeymoon. I would love to visit South Africa one day!

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      2. Oh I’m sure the kids loved it! I know that when it comes to natural beauty Canada doesn’t disappoint but there’s just something about Africa ❀ I hope you make it to SA one day… maybe you can combine that with a future trip to Kenya… let me know if you do! I still want to go to Nairobi – you'll hear from me when I do πŸ˜€

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      3. Totally agree! Africa has a way of capturing your heart! πŸ’• A combined trip is a great idea! For sure, if you ever go to Kenya again, let me know! I still have a lot of family there. Have a lovely day! 😊

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  3. Thanks for following my blog. I hope you like it. I am following yours now. Great to hear you are enjoying Doha. I lived in Dubai for 11 years before moving to London since around a year ago. Living in several countries changes your perspectives on life I feel. Kudos to you for having taken the leap all alone.

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    1. Hi Geetha, thanks so much for the follow πŸ™‚ Wow, 11 years in Dubai! Must have been a big adjustment once you moved away. London is great though, how do you like it so far? I’m so glad I found your blog, I just LOVE reading your poems!

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      1. Thanks Nadia. Yes, adjusting to London after luxury life in Dubai was difficult but there is so much to offer in London in terms of cultural activities it was worth the change. I moved to Dubai from Geneva so that was another big adjustment. I like novelty and can adapt rather quickly in general πŸ™‚

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      2. That’s a great quality to have! I can imagine that on the surface London may seem dull compared to exciting Dubai, but like you say it does have a lot to offer – I’m glad you’re happy there. I look forward to get to know London better once life goes back to normal. Will keep you posted πŸ™‚

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